Excellent article for you today from PhoenixHelix Eileen, who points out that we can sometimes be so focused on removing foods to make symptoms go away and feel better that we forget to add in enough good foods to actually encourage healing. Good point, although I have to admit my first thought was: ‘I would love to be able to eat enough of all these things!’. Oops, not quite the attitude we’re aiming at 😉
That said, it is a useful idea to consider. I have taken the stance with restricted diets in TGF world to encourage supplementation with the right healing nutrients, mostly because then I know what’s needed is going in and because half the TGFs can’t tolerate some of the healing foods. However, it is a good reminder that we need to be consuming enough to heal and I particularly like the link to Eating on the Wild Side, a book showing how foods in the US have dramatically reduced in nutrient content. For example, Eileen says:
Dandelions, once a springtime treat for Native Americans, have seven times more phytonutrients than spinach, which we consider a ‘superfood.’ A purple potato native to Peru has 28 times more cancer-fighting anthocyanins than common russet potatoes. One species of apple has a staggering 100 times more phytonutrients than the Golden Delicious displayed in our supermarkets.” This is true across all produce, so to the get the nutrition we need, we need to go out of our way to choose the most nutrient-dense foods available, and we also need to eat more food overall than our ancestors did, especially if we’re trying to heal autoimmune disease.
It’s the same no doubt in the UK. Personally, I must eat at least 12 portions of fruit and veg a day now, which can surely only be a good thing. I’m not sure I have got the levels of the different colours right; I’ll have to look at that, as well as consider if I am choosing the right types of fruit and veg for maximum nutrient punch.
I also liked the link to the Chronometer app Eileen gives too, where you can input your menu and see exactly how you’re doing nutrient-wise. Might be useful.
Anyway, have a read of the full piece and do what you can to get your consumption of nutrients up, of course. The right nutrient in the right place at the right time is what heals us.